Union Minister of AYUSH, Sarbananda Sonowal said that the Northeastern region possesses the greatest potential for the next phase of economic growth of the country.
"The diversity of flora in the region along with the rich heritage of traditional medicine will act as a catalyst for the development of AYUSH-based industries in the region. The Union government is committed to elevate the economic proposition of the Northeast and provide the launchpad for India’s next economic growth," Sonowal said.
The Minister was attending the review meeting of the North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda & Homeopathy held at Umiam in the Ri Bhoi district, Meghalaya on Saturday.
While speaking to the media person, the Union Minister stressed the need for best quality education for students of the region. "The best education in Ayurveda nursing and pharmacy as well as professional short-term courses in Panchkarma Therapy so that students from Northeast and from other parts of the country can avail it," he added.
The Union Minister stressed on training world-class manpower who will be able to drive economic growth.
The Union Minister said that the government remains committed to make Northeast the growth engine of India. "The rich and dynamic flora that nature has bestowed on us. There is a major opportunity for AYUSH-based industries to look at the Northeast as the next destination for their new units. The world-class professionals trained at NEIAH and other important training centers under the Ministry of AYUSH will complement with the availability of the flora in the region to accelerate growth in the region," he added.
The Union Minister stated that the government is committed to developing modern infra in NEIAH. He announced that the Govt will take steps to start PG courses at the institute and the stipend for Homoeopathy interns will be increased at par with Ayurveda.
During the review meeting with the top officials of his ministry, the Union Minister took stock of the steps taken by the government to build capacity in the AYUSH led initiatives.